"Harold Transome is a landowner who goes against his family's political tradition (much to his mother's distress), while Felix Holt is a sincere radical. The setting of the book, the 1832 parliament election, is used to discuss the social problems of that time. A secondary plot involves Esther Leon, the stepdaughter of a minister who is the real heiress to the Transome estate, with whom both Harold Transome and Felix Holt fall in love. Esther loves poor Felix Holt, but would she choose a... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Victorian novel, social novel, political novel Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens. Read by Tadhg. The story is told almost entirely from the point of view of the first person narrator, David Copperfield himself, and was the first Dickens novel to be written as such a narration.The story deals with the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity.David's father had died six months before he was born, and seven years later, his mother remarries but David and his step-father don’t get on and he is sent to... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews ) Topics: audiobook, librivox, Dickens, Victorian novel, novel Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Channings by Mrs. Henry Wood. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers. This is a saga about life in a small town in England during the Victorian era. The "stars" of this saga are the Channings. Mr. Channing was ill and, because of his poverty, his six children have to work. Many things happen during this saga: a man confesses to a theft which he thinks his brother did, a lady is engaged to a gentleman much above her station, and so much more. But in the middle... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, victorian novel, love story
LibriVox recording of "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens, read by LibriVox Volunteers. "David Copperfield" or "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery" was first published in 1850. Like all except five of his works, it originally appeared in serial form. Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens' own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: LibriVox, audio books, Victorian novel, novel, Dickens Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Tragic Muse by Henry James. Read in English by shihping; deongines; Jim Locke; Lisa Reichert; Christine Lehman; RobThomas Art or politics, this is the question Nick Dormer dealls with in the course of this novel. Mirian Ruth, an aspiring actress, is the "tragic muse" of the title. Her concerns are a bit different: would proper society accept her as an actress, or would she have to choose between giving up acting and marrying well? A large and interesting cast... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, politics, art, love story, Victorian novel, social novel
LibriVox recording of "Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope, read by LibriVox volunteers "Can You Forgive Her?" is the first in a series of six Trollope novels dealing broadly with 19th Century English political scene. It introduces the reader to Plantagenet and Glencora Palliser, as they court, marry, and as Plantagenet sets out on his political career, which is carried on in the foreground or background throughout the series. Each novel has a focus on other particular... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audio book, Palliser Novels, Victorian novel, novel, fiction Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by KirksVoice The first part of the book builds the characters of four con men who become interconnected and attempt their schemes on each other. This book is the first of a two part story, the second part is the book Charlotte's Inheritance. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Victorian novel, schemes, con, con man, internconnection
LibriVox recording of Charles Dickens' "Barnaby Rudge". Read by DebraLynn. A wayside tavern where the local men drink and gossip; an unsolved, twenty year old murder at a nearby mansion; a very talkative black raven; a London locksmith and his family; a man apparently returned from the dead; a hangman who enjoys his job way too much; an anti-Catholic lord; a large and violent mob; and the British Militia—what do all these things have in common? All have, in some way, touched or been... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: LibriVox, audio books, Victorian novel, novel, Gordon Riots Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. Read in English by Lynne Thompson; Edmund Lilley; Gina Belmonde; mlaura; Claudia Salto; Jesse Bordwin; Tara Dow "Maggie Brown is torn between her mother who constantly tells her to live for her selfish brother (to whom she gives all her love) to her wish to marry Frank and live for herself. Maggie's plight for independence shows the change in women's role, which started to take place during that time. But it also... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, Victorian novel, Sea Story, feminist fiction
LibriVox recording of Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope,read by LibriVox volunteers, proofed by HeartofTexas and TriciaG, and produced by Karen Merline. Phineas Finn is the fourth in Trollope's series of six Palliser novels. At the end of Phineas Finn, the second novel in the series, Phineas had to return to Ireland to marry his childhood sweetheart, who was expecting their child. As Phineas Redux opens, Phineas is working as a Poorhouse Inspector in Ireland. His wife having died in childbirth,... Topics: LibriVox, audio books, Victorian novel, novel, Palliser novels Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of Phineas Finn, the Irish Member by Anthony Trollope, read by LibriVox volunteers. Phineas Finn is the sequel to "Can you Forgive Her?" and the second novel in Trollope's Palliser series. The eponymous hero is a young Irishman who becomes a member of the English parliament. Trollope aspired to become an M.P. himself, and he ably describes the workings of the English political scene. There is also a love interest, as the somewhat inconstant Phineas courts three... Topics: librivox, audio book, Palliser Novels, Victorian novel, novel, fiction Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Manchester Man by Isabella Varley Banks. Read in English by Phil Benson. Jabez Clegg, the Manchester man, floats into this historical novel in 1799, carried downstream by the River Irk in flood. Jabez's rise to commercial success mirrors the rise of the city at the heart of the industrial revolution. Mrs George Linnaeus Banks (nee Isabella Varley) weaves a web of historical fact and fiction in a fast-paced story built around the rivalry between the Jabez and his... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Victorian novel, Lancashire, English History, Manchester, industrial...
LibriVox recording of Sentimental Tommy by J. M. Barrie. Read by LibriVox Volunteers "J. M. Barrie is most noted for being the author of Peter Pan, the beloved book about a child who does not want to grow up. The two Tommy novels, as they are collectively referred to, are also about a child who does not want to grow up. Yet, unlike Peter Pan, he has to. Tommy grows up in the slums of London at the end of the 19th century in difficult conditions. This book explores his boyhood. How would... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Victorian novel, coming of age story, novels about the london slums,...
LibriVox recording of The Unclassed by George Gissing. Read in English by Lynne Thompson; geoffbl; beyondutopia; Sally Ireland; Anusha Iyer; mrnmrz72 The Unclassed tells the story of two friends who are aspiring authors living in the London of the late 19th century. Both of them fall in love. Both believe in social change but do not know how to bring it about. Both are sceptical about the values of their times. Both want respectability more then they would admit. This book, unlike many others... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, Victorian novel, realist fiction, social novel, femenist fiction